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Timely action key amid child support woes

34690105_s (1).jpgMissouri parents that feel overwhelmed or apprehensive about financial matters are not alone. Thousands of hard-working adults suddenly found themselves facing loss of employment amid business closures and shutdowns. Parents with a child support obligation may feel frustrated and worried that they may be unable to pay the amount ordered without their regular paycheck. 

Will your spouse's back child support affect you?

70448784_s (3).jpgEach family is unique, and in many households, one or both spouses have children from a previous relationship. In many marriages, a spouse may have child support obligations to another party. Some Missouri couples report frustration with the stimulus payments that were recently issued by the federal government because if one spouse owes back child support, the other spouse may not get a payment either. 

Covid-19 and child support

141367207_s.jpgMissouri parents are facing new challenges during the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A previous post ("Is your parenting plan ready for COVID-19?," March 18, 2020) provided information about handling custody issues while kids are home instead of in school. Now, many parents face another issue that affects thousands of families. Child support payments ensure that parents provide financial support, but the public health crisis has many parents in a bind. 

Stimulus check may be withheld for late child support

143969228_s.jpgFor many Missouri families, the past few weeks have been a bit chaotic. Parents that try to keep up with national news have found that the headlines are changing quickly, and it has become difficult to stay abreast of the latest legislation. Congress recently approved a stimulus package to help taxpaying citizens while many schools and businesses are closed, but parents that owe back child support may not be eligible to receive these funds. 

Child support not a punishment for parents that must pay

47614125_s.jpgA recent study estimates that the cost of raising a child in the United States can exceed $230,000. Missouri parents probably have no trouble believing this number because the cost of living continues to rise and people worry about how to provide everything their child needs. In cases where a child's parents maintain separate households, it is not unusual for a court to order child support payments.

Unusual child support case raises eyebrows

139798554_s.jpgMissouri parents understand that it is important to do their best to fulfill court-ordered financial obligations to a child. Child support payments are a way to ensure that even in cases where both parents share the expenses involved with raising a child even if they maintain separate households. If a parent fails to make these payments, he or she can face legal penalties like fines and even jail time. 

Frustrating delays may affect child support cases

28241259_s.jpgMissouri families are busy preparing for the holidays, but for some parents, stress over ongoing court cases may put a damper on things. Nonpayment of child support is considered a crime, and when a parent falls so behind that the state decides to prosecute, the parent that owes the balance might exercise his or her right to be represented by a public defender. Unfortunately, there is a growing back log of such cases across the state. 

Are you properly informed about child support laws?

39310128_s.jpgMissouri state Rep. Jim Murphy, from Oakville, recently joined other legislators and Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft to discuss various topics currently occupying state lawmakers. The town hall style gathering took place at Grant's View Library Branch in South St. Louis and aimed to engage the public. Rep. Murphy wanted to call attention to child support and the possible misinformation that currently has some residents confused. 

Missing child support payments is a roadblock for parents

37496308_S.jpgMissouri parents probably don't really calculate how much time is spent driving here and there. For most parents, driving to work, school or a grocery store is just part of the daily routine. With the holiday season approaching, families may be on the road more than ever, as extra travel and shopping are common in the coming months. Unfortunately, a parent may have to fork over the keys if he or she falls behind on child support payments. 

A new way for parents to pay child support

43250724_S.jpgSometimes, Missouri parents may feel like there aren't enough hours in a day. Between holding down a job, caring for children and maintaining a home, parents often look for time-saving mechanisms, such as online shopping or mobile bill paying. Now, parents might be excited to hear about a new way to make child support payments

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